List of a useful tools for network architects

Pavel Dimow paveldimow at
Mon Jun 21 21:20:56 UTC 2010

And how do you feel when client tell you that you don't have a
connection from SW-476 to SW-145?
"Well you see, there are plenty of boxes out there (couple hundreds)
you don't expect that everything must be perfect right? Anyhow I was
very tired that day...."

The point is, I am not looking for a program that will design the
network instead of me, just a little sanity check.

I agree that head, whiteboard, marker, sharp pencil :) are very
valuable but those were on my list anyway :)

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 10:18 PM, Jens Link <lists at> wrote:
> Pavel Dimow <paveldimow at> writes:
>> Hi,
>> I am wondering what tools you consider most valuable when designing big
>> network from scratch or perform a migration?
> White board and a digital camera to document the drawings. Pen and paper
> are also a very important tool.
>> For example I would like to know is there a tool that will perform
>> basic sanity checks like network equipment without redundant link or
>> without link at all...
> Well there is my head and a couple of years experience. ;-)
>> I know that the one who design a network have to consider all this
>> issues but some automatic check will save some time for sure...
> Discuss your design with others. There is always more than one way to
> design a network.
> Jens
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